“I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.”
– Walt Whitman
Matt Lombardo, one of my favorite teachers at Jivamukti, discussed the idea of contentment yesterday in class. More specifically, he delved into the word enough and what it ultimately means to subscribe to the idea of having and being enough. Accepting our world as such is a very powerful message, one that stayed with me throughout the day.
What, to me, is enough?
Since the idea of having enough is very present in my life, I began thinking of how we can accept ourselves as enough, see others close to us (that we may or may not criticize periodically) as enough, and, when we are fed up, standing up and vocalizing that we have had enough.
In accepting ourselves as good enough, we gain freedom from the anxiety of thinking we need to be more or give more in order to be loved, accepted, and successful. How refreshing.
In accepting others as enough, we establish loving relationships devoid of expectations and disappointments. Our world becomes more temperate and we see and love people for who they are, not who we want them to be. How wonderful.
And, finally, by expressing our limits and boundaries to others, we can elicit self-empowerment and a deeper respect for our own personal needs (without feelings of guilt).